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Ligusticum porteri - J.M.Coult.&Rose.
Common Name Porter's Licorice Root
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist fertile ground, almost to the timberline, 2000 - 3500 metres in Texas[155]. Upland meadows and ravines[238].
Range South-western N. America.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun


Ligusticum porteri Porter

Ligusticum porteri Porter
Physical Characteristics
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Ligusticum porteri is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.


 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment.

The leaves are used as a flavouring, a celery substitute[155].
Medicinal Uses

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Antirheumatic;  Antispasmodic;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Expectorant;  Febrifuge;  Kidney;  Stomachic;  
TB;  Uterine tonic.

The roots, seed and essential oil (obtained from the roots and the seed) of this plant are a bitter, camphoraceous warming herb that stimulates the circulation, kidneys and uterus[238]. They are also antirheumatic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, digestive, expectorant, febrifuge and stomachic[155, 172, 238]. They are used internally in the treatment of eruptive fevers, bronchial infections, digestive complaints, toothache, painful menstruation and retained placenta[238]. They have also been used to treat TB. and headaches[155, 172]. An infusion of the roots is used externally to treat body aches[257]. The root is harvested in the autumn and can be used fresh or dried[238].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in a sunny position[200]. Succeeds in dry soils[238]. Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[238].
The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame in the autumn. Stored seed should be sown as early in the year as possible in a greenhouse or cold frame[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer if they have grown large enough. Otherwise, keep them in a cold frame for the first winter and plant them out in early summer. Division in spring.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Sam   Mon Nov 23 2009
Other common name is osha. This herb is prescribed for any infectious disease, because it has both antibacterial and antiviral action. (Information is from herbalist Joshua Muscat in San Francisco.)
giovanni Silva   Tue Nov 24 2009
Este produto é o proprio Licorice ou Alcaçuz
   Dec 4 2013 12:00AM
My family knows this plant as Osha. In northern NM, it is used to help aid during cold and flu season. The first signs of a cold meant that mom would give us osha that had been steeping in boiling water for a good 30 minutes. We hated the taste, but we got better quickly. As adults, we still use osha when we're sick.
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